Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Science | By Patricia Jimenez

Tropical Storm Gordon forces cancellation of Anna Maria fireworks show

Tropical Storm Gordon forces cancellation of Anna Maria fireworks show

The Miami-based center said Sunday evening that the storm system is brewing about 385 kilometers east-southeast of Marathon in the Florida Keys.

Well out into the Atlantic Ocean, Tropical Storm Florence continues to move west-northwestward as it flirts with hurricane strength.

Tropical Storm Gordon appeared to be gathering strength as it emerged into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Monday afternoon, and the National Hurricane Center's forecast track takes the core of the storm very close to Alabama by Tuesday night.

Residents in parts of South Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana are being warned to prepare for tropical storm-force winds - and possible hurricane force winds - from Tropical Storm Gordon.

The system is moving toward the west-northwest near 15 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue through Wednesday. There are now no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

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The latest storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has formed near south Florida.

Gordon is still expected to remain a tropical storm, with winds topping out at 60 miles per hour in the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy rain causing flooding and gusty winds will be the main threats for the gulf coast states. The current forecast track brings Gordon into southeast Louisiana and southern MS by early Wednesday morning as a strong tropical storm.

The storm was forecast to make landfall late on Tuesday near the border between Louisiana and MS while dropping as much as 20 centimetres of rain in some areas of the U.S. South still reeling from hurricanes a year ago.

Gordon should make landfall Tuesday night along or near the MS coast (see Fig. 4).

For now it appears that flooding and storm surge will be the primary concerns for areas near landfall.

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A hurricane watch remains in effects for portions of the central U.S. Gulf Coast as Tropical Storm Gordon approaches. In this zone, the water could rise up 3 to 5 feet above normally dry land at the coast.

Rain has drenched the Miami area as Tropical Storm Gordon moved into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations.

A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for most of the area for the duration of this storm.

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